A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises examining mass movements--from Christianity in its infancy ...Show synopsisA stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises examining mass movements--from Christianity in its infancy to the national uprisings of modern times. His analysis of the psychology of mass movements is a brilliant and frightening study of the mind of the fanatic.Hide synopsis
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The techniques that mass movements use are useful to understand - from politicians to religious movements the characteristics are simple, repeatable and successful - read so you know how you are being manipulated.
Though relatively short what it lacks in volume it more than makes up for in content quality. It is difficult to find a better treatise on the nature (antecedants, behaviors, consequences) of zealots or fanatics. His analysis is both original and coldly accurate. Both descriptively and prescriptively. A classic with timeless value.
The True Believer is a wonderful and witty exploration into the minds of fanatics and zealots. Completely interesting from the first word to the last; Eric Hoffer throws you head first into a concise, logical and complete examination of the fanatic's mind and the environment which creates him.
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